Help 71 Young Colombians who fight against Cancer!

by Fundacion Colombiana de Leucemia y Linfoma
Help 71 Young Colombians who fight against Cancer!
Help 71 Young Colombians who fight against Cancer!
Help 71 Young Colombians who fight against Cancer!
Help 71 Young Colombians who fight against Cancer!
Help 71 Young Colombians who fight against Cancer!
Help 71 Young Colombians who fight against Cancer!
Help 71 Young Colombians who fight against Cancer!
Help 71 Young Colombians who fight against Cancer!
Help 71 Young Colombians who fight against Cancer!
Help 71 Young Colombians who fight against Cancer!
Help 71 Young Colombians who fight against Cancer!
Help 71 Young Colombians who fight against Cancer!
Help 71 Young Colombians who fight against Cancer!
Help 71 Young Colombians who fight against Cancer!
Help 71 Young Colombians who fight against Cancer!
Help 71 Young Colombians who fight against Cancer!
Help 71 Young Colombians who fight against Cancer!
Help 71 Young Colombians who fight against Cancer!
Help 71 Young Colombians who fight against Cancer!
Help 71 Young Colombians who fight against Cancer!
Help 71 Young Colombians who fight against Cancer!
Help 71 Young Colombians who fight against Cancer!
Help 71 Young Colombians who fight against Cancer!
Help 71 Young Colombians who fight against Cancer!

With your contribution you are helping more young people return to their life projects!

 

One of the most frequent worries young people with cancer have is, “what am I going to do when I finish my treatment?“ Will I be able to return to my normal life?” Family and friends often don’t know the answer to this.

To offer guidance to this population, in november 2016 the last youth support group was held, in it we had more than 20 participants whom through games and recreational activities, had the chance to to reflect about their life-project.

Thanks to  your contribution and support we were able to invite a psicologist and life-coach who, through Logotherapy presented the different dimensions of the human being (personal, family, profesional, social and emotional) and listened attentively to the young’s questions and fears.

The professional remarked the importance of a right attitude to life after cancer, acknowledging the possible physical limitations, disease sequelae, and treatment, as well as the fears of possible relapse. All these aspects, create an inevitable change between the before and after cancer, but such change should not, in any way, frustrate the plans and life-projects, but become a motivation for new ventures.

 

Finally, the activity ended with a breakfast where everyone felt content and cared for. For this reason, we keep inviting you to be our partners and to keep on helping the young to fight for their hopes and dreams.

 

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Thanks to your contribution our program Youth in Contact continues supporting more youngsters with cancer.

Today I’d like to tell you that we count with over a hundred youngsters both with cancer and survivors associated with Funcolombiana. Some of them are currently under treatment and other kids’ support –those who have survived cancer– is very valuable to them.

Last July 30th we created a support group directed to youngsters on which we learned to identify and control our emotions with the help of a psychologist and a yoga female instructor. It was a different morning in which we also learned to express and accept our emotion assertively.

More than 20 youngsters gathered outdoors and shared a picnic-breakfast. There they talked about the importance of recognizing emotions as a natural condition of human beings and how fundamental it is to count with a sensitive and unconditional network of support during and after treatment.

The testimonies were abundant that day. David, however, a 17-year-old kid, one of the beneficiaries of our support program, says: “The learning I have had with my cancer has been very big. Changes in my life have been harsh but also valuable because one learns to manage a healthy and different kind of life. I have known dear friends; the hospital because your new home, here they are all very special and are always looking out for you so nothing bad happens”.

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Thanks to your contribution our Youth program continues to support young people with cancer.

This time, we want to tell you about support groups that have programmed especially for young people. According to the needs and concerns of the youth population, we decided to focus the issues to quality of life and to build a life as a strategy to foster hope and joy of living.

In recent days, we started these meetings with the theme of " Handling Nutrition and food during and after treatment", to this session assisted 12 young people with their companions and we invite two professionals that provided the information, on which they highlighted the conscious and varied food as one of many steps to get a proper quality of life.

We had a local juice store available in the city of Bogota to develop the practical part of the support group, in which we made and tried different rich and healthy preparations. We learned about nutritious smoothies, their nutrients and proper handling of them.

Young people asked several questions about eating meat. Milk and vitamins. The nutritionist specializing in cancer responded that can be consumed sweets and milk; as long as it is moderate. He recommended that the dish is like a rainbow, many colors and lots of variety. And he said vitamins and supplements should only be taken with medical indication.

No doubt, it was a pleasant time in which young people from Funcolombiana met, listened to their life stories and learned with experts about the care they need to have during and after treatment.

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Gracias a tu contribución nuestro programa Jóvenes en Contacto sigue apoyando a más jóvenes con cáncer.

En esta oportunidad, queremos contarte sobre los grupos de apoyo que hemos programado especialmente para los jóvenes. De acuerdo a las necesidades e inquietudes que nos hace saber la población juvenil, decidimos enfocar los temas hacia la calidad de vida y a la construcción de un proyecto de vida como estrategia para fomentar la esperanza y la alegría de vivir.

En días pasados, dimos inicio formalmente a estos encuentros con el tema de “Nutrición y manejo de alimentos durante y después del tratamiento”  en este participaron 12 jóvenes con sus acompañantes e invitamos a dos profesionales que a manera de conversatorio brindaron la información en la que resaltaron el consumo consciente y variado de los alimentos como uno de los tantos pasos para obtener una adecuada calidad de vida.

Tuvimos a disposición un local de jugos en la ciudad de Bogotá para desarrollar la parte práctica del grupo de apoyo, en la que logramos  hacer y comprobar con las preparaciones que comer rico y saludable es posible. Aprendimos sobre batidos nutritivos, sobre los nutrientes que aportan los alimentos y el manejo adecuado de los mismos.

Los jóvenes hicieron varias preguntas sobre el consumo de carnes. Lácteos y vitaminas. El nutricionista especializado en cáncer respondió que se puede consumir dulces y lácteos; siempre y cuando, sea moderado. Recomendó que el plato  sea como un arcoíris,  muchos colores y mucha variedad. Y precisó que las vitaminas y complementos solo se deben tomar con indicación médica.

Sin duda, fue un espacio ameno en la que los jóvenes de Funcolombiana se conocieron, escucharon sus historias de vida y conocieron de mano de los expertos los cuidados; conscientes, que debemos tener durante y después del tratamiento.

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Visits by young survivals to young people in treatment had wonderful results because we found patients are more motivated, more security in the process and hope to received advices and encouragement from young people that had been through the same health situation.

Reviewing the visits, we found families willing grateful to hear testimonies of life that strength family unity, promote support networks and adherence to treatment.

Such is the case of Mariana; patient of fourteen years old that suffers Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia that had been affecting in her emotional area.  The mainly fear of Mariana, was the reconstruct of her social area, due to this had quite decreased. For this case, the Leader of the young group visit her and made her life statement creating a huge change in Mariana’s life, now she shows interest in her treatment and is on contact with young people of the group and in her mother opinion, she affirms, that Mariana is now demonstrating more optimism and resilience.

In the same way we found Andres, with the diagnosis of Leukemia with sixteen years old. This young boy presents a lot of doubts about her bone marrow transplant, a procedure suggested by her doctor. A young volunteer who had been through the same process had a meeting with Andres and his family and gives them a psycho-education and the tranquility that the family needs.

Undoubtedly, it is a great program because you bet on the psycho-education, the empathic support and the hope that many of these young people need.

Finally, we want to tell you that this year we have planned more workshops with young people in treatment, the will receive a very special book called Handbook for Happiness and receive workshops to find a greater sense and meaning to his life.

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We want to tell you that we have named a new leader for the programs "young people in contact " her name is Jennifer Ovalle survivor of lymphoma. This young lady has always been involved in the group and now has take the next step and become a leader to replace Diego. She have the challenge of strengthened the program by adding more members to the program in 2016. Offering more meetings to the members, where they can share their experience and fortify their friendship.

 

On December 11 we had a discussion workshop with some of the young members that are currently under treatment. They made many activities with the help of one   psychologist and shared their feelings and emotions, where they expressed how they are feeling about the treatment. It was a really positive workshop and the beginning of the meetings that are coming up for the next year.

We will keep visiting many young people that is currently under treatment bringing them hope and support in this coming 2016.

Thank you for you donation! We invite you remain “Inspiring Life”.

 

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Fundacion Colombiana de Leucemia y Linfoma

Location: Bogota - Colombia
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Twitter: @LeucemiaLinfoma
Project Leader:
YOLIMA MENDEZ
Bogota, Bogota Colombia
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